Transform Wisconsin released the findings of their statewide poll on obesity prevention and tobacco issues.
View the state-level results here: Summary of Transform Wisconsin Statewide Poll Findings
County-level poll results are available here
In response to the state-level poll, Health First Wisconsin, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association in Wisconsin released the following statement:
Public Opinion Poll Reveals Clear Consensus for Public Health Investments, Common-Sense Policy Changes
The American Heart Association, the American Lung Association in Wisconsin, and Health First Wisconsin today commented on poll findings released by Transform Wisconsin. All three organizations are partners to the Transform Wisconsin movement to reduce chronic disease in Wisconsin by making it easier for residents to make healthy choices.
“Lack of exercise, poor nutrition, and tobacco use threaten the future of our state,” Maureen Cassidy, Vice President of Advocacy, American Heart Association – Midwest Affiliate, said. “If trends continue, this could be the first generation of kids to live shorter lives than their parents. The good news is that we know what works to promote healthier opportunities and we are working hard to promote the common-sense policies that make sure every kid has the opportunity to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, have safe places to exercise, and live a tobacco-free life.”
The public opinion poll found overwhelming majorities of Wisconsin voters support policies to address tobacco and obesity issues.
- 67 percent of respondents favor closing tobacco tax loopholes by requiring that candy and fruit flavored tobacco products are taxed at the same rate as cigarettes (47% strongly favor)
- 84 percent favor requiring locally-grown fruit and vegetables in schools and government facilities (58% strongly favor)
- 86 percent of respondents favor requiring 60 minutes of daily physical activity during the school day (63% strongly favor)
- 92 percent of respondents favor taking steps to ensure kids can safely walk and bike to school (70% strongly favor)
“Wisconsin has worked really hard to protect kids from smoking and secondhand smoke through the smoke-free air law and cigarette taxes, but they are too-often faced with shiny new tobacco products that are inexpensive and candy-flavored,” Dona Wininsky, Director of Public Policy & Communications, American Lung Association in Wisconsin, said. “Closing the tobacco tax loopholes that are making candy-flavored tobacco products so inexpensive will help us keep up with the changing marketplace and protect our kids from a lifetime addiction to tobacco.”
The poll also found that nearly nine out of ten Wisconsin residents view childhood obesity as a serious problem. There was near-complete agreement among all populations – men, women, Democrats, Republicans, and residents from all areas of the state – that childhood obesity is a serious problem facing Wisconsin.
“So often as public health professionals we hear that obesity is too personal or too difficult to solve,” Maureen Busalacchi, executive director of Health First Wisconsin, said. “This poll shows clear public support for the steps we can take to improve opportunities for health across the state.”